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How Drones Will Change Your Business Chris Anderson, cofounder and CEO of drone maker 3D Robotics, explains.

By Mikal E. Belicove

This story appears in the April 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Martin Klimek

Today's drones can scan, map and gather data in ways that once required satellites, planes and helicopters -- only available, of course, to big-budgeted enterprise corporations and governments. Now a powerful information-gathering tool can be had for a few hundred bucks. Farmers can conduct crop surveys. Construction companies can monitor building sites. Insurance companies and property inspectors can inspect properties.

And that's just the start, according to Chris Anderson, co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics, a startup headquartered in Berkeley, Calif. Drones present the biggest Big Data opportunity since the Internet itself. Here's Anderson's take on the business application of drones:

Drones seem useful, but are they really transformational?

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